1908 PARIS DINNER MENU—SIGNED BY WILBUR. Single-sheet menu, "Diner offert par l'Aéro-Club de France en l'honneur de Wilbur Wright," 12 x 9½ inches,
Lot 14
1908 PARIS DINNER MENU—SIGNED BY WILBUR. Single-sheet menu, "Diner offert par l'Aéro-Club de France en l'honneur de Wilbur Wright," 12 x 9½ inches,
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1908 PARIS DINNER MENU—SIGNED BY WILBUR.
Single-sheet menu, "Diner offert par l'Aéro-Club de France en l'honneur de Wilbur Wright," 12 x 9½ inches, printed specially for a dinner on November 5, 1908, with illustrations reproducing photographs of Wilbur in flight and the arrival of delegates from the Club by balloon at Camp d'Auvours. Some faint pink crayon outlining, horizontal crack at center where folded repaired with tape on verso, a few chips and corner losses.

SIGNED by WILBUR WRIGHT, and with pencil caricature of him tipped-on at lower left corner.
While Orville was recovering from a near-fatal crash at Fort Myer, Wilbur was the toast of Paris, attending numerous dinners in his honor after successful demonstrations at Hunaudières and Auvours. At this Aéro-Club dinner, Wilbur famously confessed "that in 1901 I said to my brother Orville that man would not fly for fifty years. Two years later we ourselves made flights."
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